Eurovision 2015: total of 35 million Euros for Vienna?
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – The budget for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will amount to 35 million euros, host broadcaster ORF has said. ORF will provide 25 million euros while the City of Vienna will add an additional 10 million euros.
On the other hand, the broadcaster hopes to achieve revenue of 10 million euros. The budget is similar to the one spent on this year’s contest in Copenhagen, which amounted to 35 million euros and was shrouded in controversy.
Originally, the Danish broadcaster planned to spend only 4.6 million euros, however, the costs spiralled out of control and is subject to an investigation by local authorities. Organising the contest will account for 6% of ORF’s overall annual budget.
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The contest in Moscow and Baku were significantly more expensive than the one held in Malmoe and Copenhagen over the last two years. While there are no firm numbers, it is estimated the Moscow edition of the contest in 2009 cost to at least 30 million euros to host, while costs at Baku eclipsed a huge 75 million euros.